Defra published its Clean Air Strategy on 14th January 2019. Stove owners and those thinking of buying a new stove can be assured that the government is not seeking to ban wood burning stoves. Instead it wants to ensure that consumers use the cleanest stoves and the cleanest fuel.
The Clean Air Strategy recognises that all wood burning is not the same and that reductions in particulate emissions (PM) can be achieved through the installation of Ecodesign Ready stoves burning Ready to Burn logs that have a moisture content below 20%.
The government has also recognised that maintenance and the way in which householders operate the stove have a significant part to play in the reduction of emissions.
Defra is working closely with the industry to educate consumers on how to burn the right fuel in the right appliance, in order to reduce emissions.
Ecodesign Ready Stoves
Available today, SIA Ecodesign Ready Appliances follow the European-wide programme to lower emissions due to come into force in the UK in 2022.